March 17, 2017
Vol. 8, No. 11

NAATBatt Member News

naatbatt-2017-conferenceNAATBatt 2017 concluded this week at the Wigwam resort in Phoenix, AZ. A big thanks to all speakers, sponsors, members and attendees who made the meeting the great success it was. NAATBatt has hit on a meeting format that is unique and more powerful than any other trade show program. The IP Workshop, Federal Battery Technology Licensing Forum, Emerging Energy Storage Technology Summit, Member Update Presentations, Lifetime Achievement Presentations, incredible venue and networking opportunities, have no parallel in the battery industry. If you came and attended, thanks. If you did not attend, talk to someone who did. Seriously. Get involved in NAATBatt. Be part of the industry; don’t just work in it. 

The NAATBatt International Board of Directors has elected the following individuals to serve as officers of NAATBatt until the conclusion of the 2018 Annual Meeting:

Chairman Bob Galyen CATL
President Jean-Pierre Arvers Digatron
President-Elect John Warner EnerDel
Vice President Brian Morin Dreamweaver International
Vice President John Butkowski Beckett Energy Systems
Executive Director James Greenberger NAATBatt International
Secretary John Platt Snell & Wilmer
Treasurer and CFO Sandy Kane NAATBatt International

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 9.32.39 PMThe latest edition of the Advanced Battery & Capacitor PatentEdge™ report, specially produced for NAATBatt and its members by IP Checkups, has been posted on the NAATBatt website. The current report tracks worldwide patent filings relating to battery and ultracapacitor technology. NAATBatt members may view the report by going to the NAATBatt website,, clicking on “Publications” and selecting “PatentEdge Survey” from the drop down menu. Access to the ABC PatentEdge report is a special benefit of NAATBatt membership. There is no better place to see where the major players in battery technology are really making their bets. The current report covers all filings made in 2016.

Repurposing Workshop banner logoNAATBatt will host a Workshop on xEV Battery Repurposing and Reuse on May 11, 2017. The workshop will be held at the Michigan Union on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Repurposing xEV batteries, both new and used, for non-vehicle applications is a growing practice and may eventually account for a significant percentage of ESS deployments. Learn about the economics and engineering driving this trend. The legal and regulatory challenges of repurposing and and reusing xEV battery packs will also be examined. Click the adjoining banner for more information about the program.

Battery Show EUROPE Conference logo-NEWThe Battery Show Europe will be held on April 4-6, 2017 in Sindelfingen, Germany. NAATBatt International has long been a supporter of The Battery Show in Novi, Michigan, which has quickly grown to be the top trade show in the advanced battery industry in North America. The Battery Show Europe will be its initial program in the EU, where NAATBatt fully expects its success and growth to continue. For information about the program and to take advantage of early registration, click here

DNV.GLDNV GL:  DNV GL’s Energy Executive Forum — May 16-19, 2017 —  Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA.   At the Energy Executive Forum 2017, DNV GL will lead a conversation to explore the dynamics of winning business models and the major factors that will drive success in this converging market. This is about inclusion, not disruption.   For more information and to register, click:

JCESR logoJoint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR):  JCESR and Argonne National Lab will be holding a symposium titled “Energy Storage: The Synergies with Electric Vehicle Transportation and PV Solar Generation”  at UC San Diego  on April 5-6, 2017For more information and to register,  click:

NAATBatt members interested in publishing press releases or news items about developments at their companies  in this section of the newsletter should send their releases or items by e-mail to Vivian Yu of  NAATBatt before Friday of each week.

Advanced Battery Industry News

Vattenfall and BMW Group have signed a contract for the delivery of up to 1,000 lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries this year. The batteries with a capacity of 33 kilowatt hours (kWh) each are equipped with a BMW-owned battery management system and are also used by the car manufacturer in the i3.  Vattenfall will purchase the new batteries from the BMW plant in Dingolfing and use them in all storage projects.  (Source: The Economic Times)

The City of Summerside is partnering with Samsung to test a solar energy battery. The two parties have signed a memorandum of understanding for this three phase project. Phase one involves constructing a shipping container-sized battery and integrating it into CUP’s electric system. The battery will be fed power from 1,300 solar panels and will store excess energy and pump it into the building during peak use hours. Phase 2, if it happens, will include the construction of a new solar/wind farm. This phase would bump the percentage of electricity the city gets from renewable sources from 46 per cent to 70 per cent. Phase three would include investment in more electric pilot projects, such as infrastructure for electric vehicles and a smart grid system.  (Source:  Journal Pioneer)

Thirty U.S. cities are planning to purchase $10 billion of electric vehicles (EVs). The cities, which include New York and Chicago, jointly asked automakers for the cost and feasibility of providing 114,000 EVs, including police cruisers, street sweepers and trash haulers. This order would be comparable to about 72% of total U.S. plug-in sales last year.  (Source: The Detroit News)

Phoenix Motorcars has deployed 16 electric shuttle buses (ebuses) to WallyPark Premier, a subsidiary of the L&R Group of Companies. The ebuses are being used to service off-airport parking at Los Angeles International Airport. The company is planning to deploy ebuses to other L&R parking depots, such as Joe’s Parking, Avistar and Airport Center.  (Source: NGT )

Engie has acquired EV-Box, a Netherlands-based company with over 40,000 charging stations in service across 20 countries.  The company has recently started extending its geographical reach into Belgium, France, Scandinavia, Germany, the U.K. and the USA, while still reaching over 20 countries  (Source: Engie)

New Flyer loaned an Xcelsior XE40 electric bus (ebus) to the Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA) this week for evaluation by employees. The 40-foot ebus was powered with up to 300 kWh of energy (equivalent to 105,000 AA batteries) stored in rechargeable high voltage li-ion batteries on the roof. The vehicle has a range of 89-140 miles on a single 1.6-hour charge. (Source: CATA)



The Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicle (EV) is being test driven on the streets of London — ahead of the its 2018 release. The EV is the company’s first and can reach 0-60 mph in around four seconds. Jaguar is stating the vehicle have a range of 310 miles on a single charge and can be rapidly charged to 80% in 90 minutes using 50 kilowatt (kW) DC charging.  (Source:  Express)

Amionx has launched technology aimed at making li-ion batteries safer by shutting down faulty cells before they catch fire. The company’s patented ‘Safe Core’ technology was spun out of American Lithium Energy, a supplier of batteries to the military.  (Source: San Diego tribune)

The Victorian Government (Australia) is planning to invest an extra $20 million in large-scale energy storage. The funding will help companies that specialize in battery, pumped hydro or solar thermal technology partner with network businesses to boost storage to 100 megawatts (MW) by the end of next year.  (Source: ABC News)

Novelis has expanded its automotive supply capabilities by signing an agreement with NIO to provide aluminum solutions for its fleet of EVs. NIO will use Novelis Advanz™ aluminum alloys to create a wide range of structural components and parts for its aluminum-intensive NIO electric SUV models to be launched over the next five years. The NIO partnership marks Novelis’ first commitment in the premium EV space. Supply for NIO will come from Novelis’ Changzhou plant, China’s first facility dedicated to manufacturing heat-treated automotive sheet.  (Source: Novelis)

XL Hybrids announced it has been awarded Electrification Qualified Vehicle Modifier (eQVM) status in the new Ford certification program. The Ford eQVM program helps fleet and commercial customers meet their unique and specific needs for durable, reliable electrified hybrid work trucks that retain the original powertrain warranty. Ford has had a QVM program for vehicle modifications since the mid-1980s.  (Source: XL Hybrids)



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Executive Director’s Notes

Jim Greenberger
Executive Director

Read the most recent Executive Director’s Notes commentary, “Vehicle Electrification is Charging Ahead Again, in the NAATBatt blog. 

To view the blog, CLICK HERE  

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